Did you know there are over 3 million saunas in Finland? For a country with less than 5.5 million people, that’s a lot. There are more saunas than cars! With an estimated 10 million saunas in the entire world, Finland is truly the land of sauna.
In addition to the sauna at our weekend house (pictured above), one of my favourite saunas is right in the centre of Helsinki. The Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall (pictured below) is an oasis in the middle of a busy capital.
It is the first public swimming hall in Finland, inaugurated in June 1928! It is the home of one of the largest wood burning sauna stoves in Finland, standing at 9ft (2.8m). Also worth mentioning, that here people traditionally swim naked (don’t say I didn’t warn you). It was not until 2001 that people were allowed to wear swimsuits. Naturally, men and women have separate days when they are allowed in, otherwise it would be awkward, right?
If your travels take you to Helsinki, make sure Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall is on your to-do list!
Address: Yrjönkatu 21, 00120 Helsinki, Finland
Entrance: Women on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Men on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Admission: up to EUR 14 per person